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No matter where I go these days, whenever I meet someone new it is inevitable that the topics of celiac disease and gluten intolerance arise. Based on my discussions with these people, the percentage of those who suffer from these are much higher than reported. I have not met one person who either does not have it themselves or else knows someone who does.

Last night my parish hosted a Soup and Bread Night at the church. This goes on each Monday during Lent and is a very nice event. Some parishioners bring in soup to share, while others come to eat and make their donation. It’s a big hit with families as moms get a night off from cooking! Lee and I decided to start participating and last night was our first time. We made ME-gan Vegetable Soup and served it with Herb Loaf bread (ME-gan approved) from Gluten Free Creations Bakery, who generously donated the bread for the event. BOTH were a big hit, and there was not a lick left of either. I had a feeling ME-gan would be a big hit, and I was right. We met many people last night who shared their stories with us about recently going to a gluten free diet as well as giving up dairy, meat, etc. One young lady I met, mother of 3 with one on the way, was telling me her story. One of her children has asthma and was trying to find out if even that could be related to gluten intolerance. It’s just amazing that the topic is quite the thing nowadays, and finally people are wising up to it. This gluten intolerance awareness has brought forth much healing and has restored health to many, after years of suffering and with little to no help from doctors or medications.

I found this article today which is loaded with information on the issue. I think it will be quite helpful to many, including the lady I met last night and her child with asthma! Click here to read – Coping with Gluten Intolerance.

Here is an excerpt from this article which talks about gluten and asthma: 

Case Study 1

‘June’ had reached midlife. Certain that her weight gain, exhaustion, and general listlessness meant she was in the throes of menopause, June decided to consult with her physician, Dr. Hanley.

June was sixty pounds overweight, had a rare type of lung infection, and late onset asthma when she arrived for her appointment. Dr. Hanley listened carefully to June’s case history, believing that there was more to June’s so-called menopausal symptoms than what appeared on the surface.

“A detailed case history going back to early childhood is crucial,” explains Dr. Hanley. “Patterns often emerge which indicate that gluten intolerance has been with the person for most of their life. And to complicate things, the pattern of symptoms often changes as we mature.”

As a child, June reported, she had had chronic sore throats and endless ear infections. For many years as an adult, June had been unable to breathe properly, and was living on asthma medication. By the time she saw Dr. Hanley, she had developed a rare, incurable form of tuberculosis (TB).

Dr. Hanley suggested that June eliminate gluten products and cow’s milk for one month. Thirty days later, June turned up at Dr. Hanley’s office an entirely changed person; she could walk and breathe with ease, and she was quickly losing weight. Lab tests showed that June’s so-called incurable lung disease, as well as her asthma, had completely disappeared.

Here’s another great snippet from the above article which I find quite fascinating and definitely something to consider:

It is commonly, but not exclusively, connected to type O blood. While thirty-three percent of the Western world’s population has type O blood, it is difficult to say just what percentage of these people will become gluten intolerant. People with type O blood tend to be of Irish, English, and Mediterranean descent.

I also stumbled across this site today and thought it would be a good one to share with you as well, please click here to read. This one thing specifically stood out to me: Untreated celiac disease carries an added risk for a  wide variety of additional autoimmune diseases.”

I guess to sum it all up…it’s good to talk to others and share information! The more we share, the more we help each other. Reading and research is also a great way to educate ourselves on such topics as gluten intolerance, celiac disease, wheat allergies and more. I’m a big advocate of getting involved with your own health, beginning with listening to your very own body speak! The ME-gan Lifestyle teaches this very thing…read up!

Here are a few pics from last night’s Soup & Bread dinner 🙂

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Better health to all! ME-gan love,